More Time Requested In QUEENSRYCHE Name Dispute

Sunday, 19th January 2014

Singer Geoff Tate — who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — and his former bandmates have requested more time to hammer out a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group’s name, Blabbermouth is reporting.

King County Superior Court Judge Julia Garratt has signed a stipulation and order continuing trial date, allowing the parties two more weeks to come to an agreement over the use of the QUEENSRŸCHE name and its associated trademarks. If they cannot reach an agreement during that period, the trial is set to begin on February 10.

During an appearance this past week at the studios of the 98.7 The Gater radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida, Tate was asked for an update on the legal battle between him and his former bandmates over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name. “Actually, we’re in settlement talks right now,” Tate said. “I hope it doesn’t [go to trial]. I’m kind of hoping that it will all be settled by the end of the month.”

Pressed on how he thinks it will all play out, Tate replied: “Either way, it’s in my favor. So I’m just waiting for the paperwork to be dry.”